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Enum.GetValues Method

Updated: August 2011

Retrieves an array of the values of the constants in a specified enumeration.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static Array GetValues(
	Type enumType


Type: System.Type

An enumeration type.

Return Value

Type: System.Array
An Array of the values of the constants in enumType.


enumType is null.


enumType is not an Enum.

The elements of the array are sorted by the binary values of the enumeration constants (that is, by their unsigned magnitude). The following example displays information about the array returned by the GetValues method for an enumeration that includes a negative, zero, and positive value.

using System;

enum SignMagnitude { Negative = -1, Zero = 0, Positive = 1 };

public class Example
   public static void Main()
      foreach (var value in Enum.GetValues(typeof(SignMagnitude))) {
         Console.WriteLine("{0,3}     0x{0:X8}     {1}",
                           (int) value, ((SignMagnitude) value));
}   }
// The example displays the following output: 
//         0     0x00000000     Zero 
//         1     0x00000001     Positive 
//        -1     0xFFFFFFFF     Negative

The following example illustrates the use of GetValues.

using System;

public class GetValuesTest {
    enum Colors { Red, Green, Blue, Yellow };
    enum Styles { Plaid = 0, Striped = 23, Tartan = 65, Corduroy = 78 };

    public static void Main() {

        Console.WriteLine("The values of the Colors Enum are:");
        foreach(int i in Enum.GetValues(typeof(Colors)))


        Console.WriteLine("The values of the Styles Enum are:");
        foreach(int i in Enum.GetValues(typeof(Styles)))
// The example produces the following output: 
//       The values of the Colors Enum are: 
//       0 
//       1 
//       2 
//       3 
//       The values of the Styles Enum are: 
//       0 
//       23 
//       65 
//       78

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0




August 2011

Added the Remarks section.

Content bug fix.